Posted by: Theo | January 4, 2013

Grandma Nazi.

I read a post about grammar on some blog online.

Which is:

For one thing, the idea that there is only one right way of doing English – and everyone else is doing it wrong – is inherently flawed. And by “flawed” I mean illogicalelitist and even oppressive. Judgements about what counts as “right”, “good” and “correct” in writing and grammar always – ALWAYS – align with characteristics of the dialects spoken by privileged, mostly wealthy, mostly white people. We make these judgements based on learned biases, as well as a certain emotional attachment to our own way of doing things. But when people study dialects in an objective, scientific way (which is what cunning linguists actually do), they find that low-prestige dialects, such as African-American Vernacular English or Cockney English, have fully-formed grammar rules of their own that make just as much sense as any others. They are perfectly valid and functional forms of communication used by millions of people. The only difference is that they don’t have people running around telling everyone else to do it their way.

I think this is a stupid comment. Not because the lady was doing it in support of dyslexia (yes, yes very noble of you. here’s your fucking halo.) but more because of how the author somehow pulls out some bullshit about white supremacy and other hippie propaganda.

Yes, low-prestige vernaculars have their own set of rules. But then again, so does Elvish. And so does Chinese. Actually, so does every other fucking language in the universe. Even hieroglyphs have their own set of grammar rules. Always Ra before Horus except after the Crocodile God kinda shit.

Which is what makes language, language right? It’s a communication tool that allows us to communicate on the same level, regardless of what that level and what that language is. I don’t know why there are complaints about there being rules in the first place. Why? Because in the absence of none, how would you know which ones to break? Doesn’t this render your inane hipster need to break out of the box redundant?

The irony of it all, is that the commentary was written in plain, simple, TYPICAL, American English. And in the process, the author shat on people who talk about rules, while saying that no rules should be a rule.

Hypocrites rule the internet. And cats. But at least cats are cute.


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